Don’t be a Scrooge! Come on out to 'A Dickens of a Christmas' parade this year

The Kiwanis Club of Batesville will host "A Dickens of a Christmas" Christmas parade at 6 p.m on Monday, Dec. 3 on Main Street.

Parade float entries should reflect a traditional Christmas theme, resembling the spirit of the iconic 1843 novel “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens. Add to the magic by including some lighting! Santa will be in attendance. "For the continuity of the imagination of our youngest guests, we ask that floats DO NOT include Santa.

Line-up for the parade will be at Town Plaza Shopping Center (Main Street across from Centennial Bank) at 4:30 p.m. Town Plaza is also the designated location for float rider drop-off with Marshall's Dry Goods being the pick-up location. Only one car per float is allowed parking within the Town Plaza lot. Main Street will be closed off at 5:30 to finalize the line-up.

In order for a float to be judged, it must be pre-registered before noon Nov. 28. Judging numbers will be assigned prior to the parade and may be picked up at the Information Tent (Centennial Bank parking lot) during line-up. 

First-, second- and third-place parade float winners will be announced on Dec. 4th. Categories are commercial and nonprofit/civic organization.

"Due to state laws concerning horses, we are asking that all horses come to one area in the trailer and wait to have Coggins Papers verified before unloading. No horse will be allowed in the parade without verification. Safety is a top priority, so please abide by the given instructions," organizers said.

Only those floats wishing to be judged must pre-register. Others are not required but encouraged to fill out a form. Electronic parade entry forms can be found on the Batesville Kiwanis Christmas Parade Facebook page, or by contacting Landon Downing for more information at landon.downing@thecitizensbank.net.